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NDLEA Nabs 65 Suspects In Edo

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The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has apprehended 65 suspected drug traffickers and seized 4,582.57 kilograms of suspected drugs.
The State Commander of the agency, Mr Buba Wakawa, told The Tide’s source in Benin yesterday that the arrests and seizures were made between July and September 2019.
He said that those arrested included 39 males and 26 females.
Wakawa said that substance suspected to be Cannabis with a total weight of 4,561.57kg accounted for the bulk of the seizures while 1.02kg of psychotropic substance was also seized.
Giving a breakdown, he explained that in July, 28 suspects were arrested with 442.61kg of suspected illicit drugs while 11 suspects were arrested in August with 452.36kg.
Wakawa said that in September, 26 suspects were arrested with 3,687.60kg of suspected illicit drugs.
The state NDLEA cuommander said that within the period under review, the command discovered and destroyed 11 farmlands measuring 5.19 hectares on which cannabis sativa was being cultivated.
Wakawa explained that the farms were estimated to have capacity to produce a total of 1,7041.80kg of cannabis sativa.
He said the ages of the arrested suspects ranged from 15 to 65 years.
The commander said that most of the suspects arrested were from Edo and Delta, noting that 35 of the suspects representing 53.85 per cent were from Edo while 13 others representing 20 per cent were from Delta.
He said that about 24 drug dependent persons were successfully counseled by the command during the period under review.
Wakawa reaffirmed that the command would continue to work very hard to reduce the problem of drug production, trafficking and abuse in the state.

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Group Blasts Hon. Kelechi Nwogu’s Choice Of Constituency Projects

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A civil society organisation, Omuma Mandate Group has criticised the lawmaker representing Omuma Constituency in Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Kelechi Nwogu over his choice of constituency projects in Omuma Local Government Area. The group believes that an ultra modern multipurpose hall and a mini stadium are of no economic importance to Omuma people.

The group’s decision was contained in a communique issued on Saturday, 15 February, 2020 in Eberi, the headquarters of Omuma LGA.

While reading the communique to press men, the Coordinator of the group, Comr. Nnodim Dimkpa said, it is high time politicians in Omuma stopped taking Omulgans for granted.

“We as a civil society organisation which has the general interest of Omuma as our main objective, unequivocally reject the two constituency projects sited in Omuma by the lawmaker representing us at the state level, we don’t need conference halls and stadiums, what Omuma people need are concrete economic empowerment, good hospitals, and quality education. These are our basic needs.”

However, the group acknowledged the electrification projects in some communities done by Hon. Nwogu, and also the 17 kilometres road that he attracted to Omuma. But they insisted that there are better projects that would have been beneficial to Omuma people than a conference hall and a mini stadium.

Recall that, Hon. Kelechi Nwogu choose to build a multi purpose hall and a mini stadium as his constituency projects. Both edifices have even been put to use in the just concluded yuletide festivities in Omuma.

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PAP Under Buhari Has Failed, Agitators Insist …Allege Corruption In NSA’s Office

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A militant group, the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), has said that the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is a monumental failure.
The group attributed the failure of the amnesty programme to what it termed as the ‘greed, inefficiency and incompetence in the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) under whose purview the programme had been housed since 2015.
The JRC, in a statement issued yesterday, and signed by its Joint Spokesperson, Cynthia Whyte, a copy of which was obtained by The Tide in Port Harcourt, called on Buhari to immediately remove the Amnesty Programme from the direct supervision of the NSA, alleging that the latter has turned the programme into his personal Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
The statement, which was addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, reads, “Mr. President, the Presidential Amnesty Programme under your watch has failed. The singular reason for the failure of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is the incompetence, inefficiency, malfeasance, greed and corruption in the Office of the National Security Adviser, under whose watch the Amnesty Programme has been domiciled since July, 2015.
“The Presidential Amnesty Programme has since then, been transformed into the personal ATM machine of the National Security Adviser, guaranteeing him of withdrawals of millions of dollars on scheduled basis.
“As a result of the demand to service the Office of the National Security Adviser, the Presidential Amnesty Programme, run by lackeys appointed by the NSA, continues to run short of the funds it requires to service its main operational purpose and mandate, thereby short-changing the thousands of ex-militants on whose account the Presidential Amnesty Programme was founded.
“First, it was Brig-Gen Paul Boroh, who was appointed as coordinator of the Amnesty Programme in July, 2015. His appointment was terminated in March, 2018, amidst allegations of fraud, embezzlement and recklessness. The entire story was not told.
“Now, it is Prof Charles Dokubo, whose appointment was announced on March 13, 2018,” the group said, adding that the failure of the programme has led to the increase in illegal oil refineries across the Niger Delta region.
“The failure of the Amnesty Programme has, thus, resulted in an astronomical rise in the proliferation of illegal oil refineries across almost all the nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta.
“More than 250,000 barrels of crude oil is diverted daily for the operation of these illegal oil refineries which are present in almost every community in the Niger Delta, and which are owned and operated by former militant leaders and their followers who have laid down their arms but have lost faith in the Amnesty Programme.

 

Dennis Naku

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We’re Set For Project Assessment, NDDC Confirms

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The former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Joi Nunieh, has said that the commission has empowered its Project Assessment Committee to begin visits to project sites in communities across the Niger Delta region.
Nunieh spoke during a courtesy visit to the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, by some chiefs from Kula, in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, under the auspices of concerned citizens of Kula Kingdom, recently.
The former NDDC boss said that through his findings in the just concluded contract verification exercise, the commission had been able to reduce its indebtedness to contractors and consultants considerably.
She declared: “We are ready to begin the assessment of the project which will entail going to the sites and it would be a name and shame exercise.”
Nunieh emphasised that the Interim Management Committee (IMC), which she heads, would not succumb to pressures from contractors who want to be paid even before validation of their claims.
The former NDDC boss urged the Kula chiefs to support the IMC and stand with the NDDC to ensure the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region, noting that the story of the region would not be complete without a mention of the contributions of Kula as an oil-producing community.
Nunieh said that the assessment committee had worked out a schedule for the visit of project sites in various communities, including Kula, to inspect on-going projects, emphasising that no contractor would be paid without evidence of work done.
She said: “I want to assure you that we will visit your community for site inspection. We expect your people to receive us. We will look at the measurements and every detail of work done and if they are accurate, we will pay.
“I want to say that I am privileged to be at NDDC at this time. The money for the execution of projects is not mine. It belongs to the Federal Government and if a contractor does well, I don’t see why he will not be paid,” she stated.
Earlier in their presentation, the Concerned Citizens of Kula, led by Anabs Sara-Igbe, appealed for the investigation, reconsideration and completion of abandoned NDDC projects in Kula and other communities in the Kingdom.

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